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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the World 2018


Some sports have become extremely popular in current times and followed by million people, occasionally billions, of fans universal. But which sports are the most famous of all? Let’s check the list and find out top 10 most popular sports the in 2018.

10. Volleyball-


With its origins in United States of America, volleyball has grown to an approximate universal participations figure of 998 million people. Indoor and outdoor versions of the game are played all over the world, with more than 220 affiliated national federations registered to volleyball’s international governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball.

9. Ice Hockey-

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is gaining popularity these days. It’s gaining much popularity because of the challenge this game involves for its players and keeps the audiences delighted at all times and part of this game. No wonder, why this sport has entered this list of most popular games of the year 2018. Some major leagues have been organized in this game, where famous countries like Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavian countries, participated.

8. Boxing-


Boxing is among the top 8  most popular sports in the world, This game has gained enough popularity in the near times but its popularity has decreased over the years. Still, it is commonly followed by the boxing fans around the world and major competitions are regularly held in the US and European countries.

7. Formula 1-

Formula 1

Formula 1 is one of the most thrilling sports entailing high-speed cars racing it out in beautifully formed circuits. It is the 7 most popular sport in the world.  The game is also very popular among the TV audiences around the globe, but because of the limited number of races and no access of the common public to the sport, The formula one drivers enjoy excellent earnings and are widely followed by the fans.

6. Rugby-


Rugby is usually played in France and has a strong tradition in the folks of Basque, Occitan, and Catalan regions along the border regions between Spain and France. The game is well-liked in South Africa, having been introduced by English-speaking pioneers in the 19th century. The game is also played in Australia and New Zealand, The sport is popular in only a handful of countries.  It is the 6th most popular game with around 390-410 million fans.

5. Athletics-


Athletics is one game that loves very high levels of viewership during the Olympic games.  However, its viewership is only limited to Olympic games and other major activities. It is equally played by male and females.Usain Bolt is at present the definite champion of Athletics and has achieved 9 gold medals in three different Olympics. He is also one of the most renowned sports personality in the world.

4. Tennis-


It has been around since the early 14th century, it is said that King Louis X of France had created for himself an indoor tennis court. Tennis another popular games, which is considered as the worldwide game and is loved by many out there. Commonly recognized as one of the most famous personal sports in the world, tennis is performed by the approximate number of million men and women according to Topend Sports.

3. Cricket-


Cricket as one of the famous and ever-increasing games. It is in number 3rd position. The majority of participates in this sport come from Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan, and England, but cricket is also on the mount in other countries all over the world. The exact origins of Cricket are not identified, however, it is believed to have initially been a children’s game that was played in England at least as early as 1550. By about 1610 it had started to be played by adults and its popularity grew.

2. Basketball-


Basketball is very successful and that is shown in its top 2 ranking among the world’s most popular sports in 2018.  Basketball is a limited-contact game performed on a rectangle court. The origins of the game came from the united states and then due to its ever-increasing reputation, Basketball is one of the world’s most favoured and widely viewed game.The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most important professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, incomes, talent, and level of competitions outside North America. A golf ball has 400 million fans worldwide.

1. Football-


Football originated as a game played between college teams in America, the game was originally developed as a mix of association football (soccer) and Rugby football. With a fan following of almost 3.5 billion from every continent, the game remains at the top with no other game coming close to it. With its combination of adrenaline-pumping enthusiasm, man-on-man aggression, tough competition, it’s really no wonder it comes on number one rank.

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